Congressman Adam Smith made the following statement regarding his vote against the farm bill, which would have cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by $20.5 billion:
"I was pleased to see that the Farm Bill did not pass the House of Representatives. I supported parts of the Farm Bill, but the cuts to SNAP were simply unacceptable. This bill would have changed eligibility requirements for SNAP that would result in reduced benefits for recipients in Washington State and nationwide. In total, the legislation would have cut $20.5 billion from SNAP over the next 10 years, which would have forced 2 million people nationwide off SNAP and reduce benefits for millions more.
"These cuts are just wrong. For one-fifth of our children suffering from food insecurity, many of our veterans transitioning to civilian jobs, and families recovering from our economic downturn, SNAP provides essential support. For this reason, as our economy continues to recover, it is critical that we maintain SNAP assistance. There was an amendment to the Farm Bill offered by Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) that would have restored the $20.5 billion in cuts by eliminating unnecessary subsidies. I cosponsored this amendment and supported it on the floor, but unfortunately it failed to be included in the final bill due to overwhelming Republican opposition. I will continue to fight to protect families in need of nutrition assistance."